Patrick Cassidy is a knight of Italy, conferred by the President of Italy, and bestowed with the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (knight of the Order of the Star of Italy.
This Irish composer came into prominence with the release of the Children of Lir, the first major symphonic work written in the Irish language. Recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, it remained at Number One in the Irish Classical Charts for over a year.
After graduating from The University of Limerick in Applied Mathematics, Patrick released his debut album Cruit in 1988, which featured music by 17th an 18th century Irish Harpers arranged for Irish harp and baroque ensemble. From this foundation, emerged his epochal work The Children of Lir which resulted in Patrick being bestowed with the Medal of Honour and Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Limerick. Other works include Deirdre of the Sorrows and Famine Remembrance, which had its premiere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, New York.
In addition to his classical work Patrick scores film soundtracks. Credits include
Hannibal, Veronica Guerin, Confessions of a Burning Man, Salem’s Lot, King Arthur,
Layer Cake, Che Guevara, Ashes and Snow, Kingdom of Heaven, The Front Line,
L'Aviatore, Kill The Irishman, Calvary, 1916 The Irish Rebellion.
Patrick’s famous aria, Vide cor Meum was composed as a “mini” Opera for the Ridley
Scott film, Hannibal. This aria has been presented at both the Oscar and Emmy Awards and Vide cor Meum has appeared in multiple top-ten lists and essential collections throughout the world including the Warner Classics CD, 40 Most Beautiful Arias.
Significantly, Patrick Cassidy is noted in this collection as the only living composer.
Patrick’s newest work The Mass, recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra and London Voices, was released in November 2019.
Patrick’s opera Dante will premiere in Verona in September 2021, to coincide with the
poet’s 700th anniversary.